Spirit Airlines has been railing against the Department of Transportation’s ruling that airlines must bundle fees together with airfares when displaying prices to consumers. They describe it as unfair, but really they’re just upset that they can no longer pretend they sell $17 tickets. In truth, if they wanted to break out the fees, they certainly could – they could show the total cost, then break out all of the individual fees. They choose not to..
In any case, in response to this they have introduced what they’re calling a DOTUC fee — Department of Transportation Unintended Consequences — a $2 surcharge (each way) on tickets purchased everywhere except airport ticket counters (as I’ve noted here previously, good luck finding a quiet Spirit Airlines ticket counter at which you would want to purchase a ticket).
In the end, this amounts to a $2 fare increase each way, which is fine — I don’t care if they want to raise prices — but the incredibly annoying disingenuousness of their so-called fight against these regulations has even started to annoy me, and I’m a pathetic Spirit apologist.